A variety of Florida singer-songwriters have contributed their original songs about Florida rivers and waterways to a unique educational endeavor. The coordinator of this special CD project, Karen Ahlers, says through music listeners can learn about the history, culture, commerce, beauty and fragility of Florida’s water. The sponsor of the CD is the Putnam County Environmental Council or PCEC, a not-for-profit environmental education organization. Coordinator Ahlers says PCEC members recognize the value of the waterways in Putnam and nearby counties:[audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/FPRiverRoadsCDFinalFinaldgtt122311.mp3]
The U.S. Association of Reptile Keepers of Florida wants the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to approve captive breeding of Diamondback terrapins. The move would combat declining populations of the species of turtle due to high demand as both low-maintenance pets and poachable commodities. The program will be discussed at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission meeting Wednesday, but FWC’s staff report, slated to be presented during discussion, recommends maintaining current rules.